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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2014
  • pp: 4144–4147

Monolithically integrated selectable repetition-rate laser diode source of picosecond optical pulses

Xuhan Guo, Vojtech Olle, Adrian Quarterman, Adrian Wonfor, Richard Penty, and Ian White  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 14, pp. 4144-4147 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.004144


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Abstract

We describe the characterization of a monolithically integrated photonic device for short pulse generation featuring a mode-locked laser diode, a Mach–Zehnder modulator (MZM), and a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). The integrated device is designed for fabrication by a generic foundry scheme with a view to ease of design, testing, and manufacture. Trains of 6.8 ps pulses are generated at repetition rates that are electronically switchable from 14 GHz to 109 MHz. The SOA boosts the peak power by 7.4 dB, and the pulses are compressible to 2.4 ps by dispersion compensation using single-mode telecommunications fiber.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(250.4110) Optoelectronics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 14, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 3, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 10, 2014
Published: July 9, 2014

Citation
Xuhan Guo, Vojtech Olle, Adrian Quarterman, Adrian Wonfor, Richard Penty, and Ian White, "Monolithically integrated selectable repetition-rate laser diode source of picosecond optical pulses," Opt. Lett. 39, 4144-4147 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-14-4144


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